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WS & GWB
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0083  Sunday, 10 February 2008

[1] 	From:	JD Markel <
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	Date:	Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 16:11:57 -0800 (PST)
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0074 WS & GWB

[2] 	From:	Terence Hawkes <
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	Date:	Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 10:53:07 -0000
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0074 WS & GWB


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Date:		Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 16:11:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 19.0074 WS & GWB
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0074 WS & GWB

The most famous/notorious comparison of an American politician to Henry 
V was by John Kerry to himself.  Remember his Band of Brothers campaign 
theme?  How on the first day 2004 Democratic convention he led them 
ashore at Boston harbor in a perverse recreation of a Mekong River 
engagement? Under withering fire, questions, his men disbanded and the 
Band of Brothers speech (Shakespeare's) has matters such as the showing 
of scars which are problematic for Kerry to live up to, though he likes 
to talk about his medals in compensation as if living up to the honor of 
showing scars on St. Crispin's Day.  The speech even has an eerie 
Vietnam connection, a military leader named "Westmoreland" asking for 
more forces.

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From:		Terence Hawkes <
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Date:		Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 10:53:07 -0000
Subject: 19.0074 WS & GWB
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0074 WS & GWB

Arthur Lindley is correct. By the time Henry is king, he no longer 
refers to himself as 'Hal' but as Harry. And it must be interesting 
that, as 'warlike Harry', he recalls the snarling blood-stained creature 
who had famously shared that name in the theatre next door: Harry Hunks. 
There's an unsignalled community of interest somehow at work here.

T. Hawkes

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